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Progressives won in Rhode Island last night!

In the hard-fought race to succeed outgoing Mayor David N. Cicilline, the new and unproven trumped experience as Angel Taveras — a lawyer who campaigned on his inspiring life story of coming up from poverty — captured the Democratic Party nomination by a wide margin on Tuesday, positioning him to become the city’s first Latino mayor.

The 40-year-old former city Housing Court judge defeated two veteran Federal Hill Democrats with strong ties to the city’s traditional political establishment — City Councilman John J. Lombardi and state Rep. Steven M. Costantino –– as well as perennial candidate Christopher F. Young.

This essentially means that Angel Taveras will be the next Mayor of Providence.  Congratulations Angel. I'm surprised Chris Young only got 350 votes.

Taveras is poised to become the first Latino mayor of Providence.

While the outgoing Mayor Cicilline is poised to win Rep. Patrick Kennedy's seat.

Cicilline triumphs in 1st Congressional District Democratic primary
He weathered attack ads, calls by opponents that he drop out and 11th-hour revelations that he was paid too much. In the end, none was enough to stop David N. Cicilline from winning the Democratic nomination in Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District.

But the real story.  The very low turn out.  But as usual, the Dems well-outnumbered the Republicans.

My voting district for example.

Bottom line:  If we turn out in November, we win.  We sit on our hands, we lose.  Simple as that.

Originally posted to aaraujo on Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 03:36 AM PDT.


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